Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment

2nd September 2014

This handbook is a free practical tool that allows sustainability professionals to assess a product's entire lifecycle, scan their supply chains for risks and improvement opportunities and improve sustainable product development, reporting and communication.

It has been published by the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics, which claims that the Handbook is the first cross-industry publication of its kind to offer a practical, objective methodology for product social impact assessment.

As large, multinational organisations, the Roundtable participants – Ahold, AkzoNobel, BASF, BMW Group, DSM, L’Oréal, Marks & Spencer, Philips, RB, Steelcase, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and a chemical company, led by sustainability consulting firm PRé Sustainability – understand the need for a social impact assessment method that is capable of screening a product’s entire supply chain across continents and throughout its life cycle.

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